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Merck discontinues tecemotide clinical program

Friday, October 31, 2014 02:03 PM

Merck will discontinue the clinical development program of its investigational MUC1 antigen-specific cancer immunotherapy tecemotide (also known as L-BLP25) as a monotherapy in stage III non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

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ReproCELL acquires Reinnervate and BioServe

Friday, October 31, 2014 01:54 PM

ReproCELL, a venture company in the iPS cell business originating from the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University, has acquired U.K.-based Reinnervate, a spin-out company from Durham University, a center of excellence in cell biology research, and BioServe Biotechnologies, based in Maryland, to accelerate its iPS cell business.

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Charles River acquires ChanTest

Thursday, October 30, 2014 12:24 PM

Massachusetts-based CRO Charles River Laboratories International has acquired Cleveland-based ChanTest, a provider of specialized laboratory testing services for drug development, from Wellesley, Mass.-based Ampersand Capital Partners, in an all-cash transaction.

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TNT launches TrialDat

Thursday, October 30, 2014 12:23 PM

TNT, a U.K. express delivery company, has launched TrialDat, a tool developed specifically for the clinical research sector, which captures end-to-end data on a single platform, offering a dashboard view of all clinical material transport flows.

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Abbott acquires medical device company Topera

Thursday, October 30, 2014 12:19 PM

Abbott has entered into an agreement to purchase Topera, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based, private, venture-backed medical device company focused on developing innovative electrophysiology technologies to improve the diagnosis and treatment of atrial fibrillation, one of the most common heart rhythm disorders in the world. Through this acquisition, Abbott enters the catheter-based electrophysiology market, an approximately $3 billion global market that has been growing annually at double-digit rates.

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Report: Orphan drug market to reach $176B by 2020

Thursday, October 30, 2014 12:19 PM

In 2020 orphan drugs are expected to account for 19% of the total share of prescription drug sales excluding generics, reaching $176 billion in annual sales, according to the new EvaluatePharma Orphan Drug Report 2014 from London-based market intelligence firm Evaluate.

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eClinicalWorks chooses Exostar’s new identity proofing authentication service

Thursday, October 30, 2014 12:13 PM

Exostar, a Herndon, Va.-based information technology company offering cloud-based solutions that enable secure, cost-effective business-to-business collaboration, has launched its new turn-key, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) identity proofing and second factor credential authentication solution, ProviderPass. eClinicalWorks, a Westborough, Mass.-based provider of ambulatory healthcare IT solutions, has selected ProviderPass to expand its comprehensive electronic health records (EHR) product suite to include electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS).

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Sanofi board ousts CEO Viehbacher

Thursday, October 30, 2014 08:46 AM

Paris-based biopharmaceutical company Sanofi ousted CEO Chris Viehbacher Wednesday, just two days after reporting disappointing quarterly earnings.

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NIH awards $5.9M in grants for frontotemporal degeneration research

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 01:34 PM

The NIH will award three large, five-year projects on a specific form of dementia, known as frontotemporal because of the areas of the brain that are affected. The projects, funded by the NIH's National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), will receive more than $5.9 million for 2014.

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International GPCR Consortium formed with pharma, academia partners

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 01:32 PM

The generation of high-resolution pictures of hundreds of medically important proteins known as G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) will be the goal of a new international partnership. Called the GPCR Consortium, the nonprofit initiative brings together pharmaceutical companies and research institutes from three continents to advance GPCR research for drug development.

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